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Kyle Schneider

Black Ninja


Biographical information
Also known as Black Ninja
Nationality Flag of South Africa South African
Died December 24, 1999
Zanzibar Land
Physical description
Career and family information
Affiliation(s) Outer Heaven Resistance
NASA's Extraterrestrial Environment Special Forces
Zanzibar Land
Occupation Architect
Resistance Leader
Notable family and relationship(s) Wife and child
Metal Gear information
Main appearance(s) Metal Gear
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Created by Hideo Kojima

Kyle Schneider was the former leader of the Resistance movement in Outer Heaven. He later operated as the mercenary Black Ninja in Zanzibar Land.


Early life and careerEdit

Kyle Schneider was once an architect who was forced to be part of Outer Heaven's design staff, but joined the underground movement when his wife and child were killed.[1] As the leader of the Resistance movement, he planned the Resistance's activities with an acute inner sense as well as having a strong leadership. In addition, because of his earlier involvement in the fortress of Outer Heaven's development, he knew a lot about the internal structure of the fortress.[2]

Outer Heaven UprisingEdit

Main article: Outer Heaven Uprising

During Operation Intrude N313, he lent his knowledge of the fortress layout to Solid Snake, serving as a sort of navigator during the mission, as well as supplying intel of where weapons and equipment were located inside the fortress. However, Snake lost contact with Schneider just before he was about to reveal the identity of the Outer Heaven leader.[3] Afterwards, he was presumed dead.

Post-Outer HeavenEdit

In reality, Schneider survived but was taken captive by a clean-up crew deployed by NATO after a massive bombing campaign against Outer Heaven. He was used as a guinea pig for NASA's top-secret Extraterrestrial Environment Special Forces unit, codenamed "Black Ninja." He was outfitted with an experimental flex armor suit and reflex-enhancing drugs. When the Black Ninja unit was disbanded, Schneider and other members of the unit fled to Zanzibar Land and assisted Big Boss during the Mercenary War.[4] Due to his involvement in the war, the world came to learn of his existence.[5]

Although Schneider had originally opposed the Outer Heaven regime, he was grateful to Big Boss due to the fact that he provided refuge to the surviving members of the Resistance movement after the NATO air strike that left many of them dead. He served as a vital member of Zanzibar Land's elite mercenary force after the war, repaying Big Boss for the favor.

Zanzibar Land DisturbanceEdit

Main article: Zanzibar Land Disturbance

During Operation Intrude F014, Schneider confronted Solid Snake after disguising himself as kidnapped scientist Dr. Kio Marv. He acted as a decoy following the discovery of a FOXHOUND transmitter, embedded in Marv's tooth, and removed it. Schneider fought Snake using his enhanced speed and throwing weapons, though the more experienced Snake was able to defeat him. A dying Schneider then revealed his identity to Snake and told him what became of him after Outer Heaven. Since he felt there was no hatred between them, Schneider provided a hint to Snake regarding the real Dr. Marv's location, as well as the identity of the man behind Zanzibar Land: Big Boss. He also hinted that revealing Marv's location was what Big Boss would have wanted him to do, before passing away.

Behind the scenesEdit

Schneider (シュナイダー Shunaidā?) first appears in the original Metal Gear as a radio contact, providing the player with information on where to find certain weapons and items. He makes his first physical appearance in the sequel Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, as an enemy mercenary who must be fought by the player in a boss battle. He is also given the full name of Kyle Schneider (カイル・シュナイダー Kairu Shunaidā?). Schneider is neither seen or mentioned in Snake's Revenge, the non-canonical sequel of the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Metal Gear, so it's presumed that he was killed in that version of the game.

In the original MSX2 version of Metal Gear 2, his moniker of Black Ninja (ブラック・ニンジャ Burakku Ninja?) was known as Black Color (ブラック・カラー Burakku Karā?); a mistransliteration of "Blackcollar." The name is a reference to Timothy Zahn's 1983 novel The Blackcollar, involving a titular group of drug-enhanced space ninjas. Although the manual for the MSX2 version of Metal Gear 2 implies that there were more than one member of the Black Color unit employed by Zanbizar Land, Schneider is the only one who appears in-game.

Other ninja-type characters also feature in later games in the Metal Gear series, known as the Cyborg Ninjas. Technically, this would make him the first one in the series, though chronologically, he was preceded by Null.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Metal Gear - User's Manual, Konami Corporation (1987).
    The exact circumstances of his wife's and child's deaths are not revealed
  2. ^ Metal Gear - User's Manual, Konami Corporation (1987).
  3. ^ Metal Gear, Konami Corporation (1987).
    Kyle Schneider: This is Resistance Leader Schneider... I know who the Outer Heaven boss is! No way... the Outer Heaven boss is... ...Oh no!! ...
  4. ^ Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake - User's Manual, Konami Coporation (1990).
  5. ^ Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Konami Corporation (1990).
    George Kasler: Black Ninja... Nobody ever heard of him until two years ago. His past is a total mystery.

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